Long-Haul Beaujolais - Top Vintage:
2018 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie Cuvée Tardive

Posted by Joe Salamone

There are few bottles of Beaujolais that have as strong a track record for aging, deliver as much value, and are as loved as Tardive.

Still, there's something special about the 2018 Tardive.

Everyone who has tried the 2018 has remarked that it's one of the best young Tardives that they've tasted. The 2018 is stunning, and for Tardive, fairly accessible in its youth.

Roilette's Cuvée Tardive is one of Beaujolais' longest-lived and most profound wines. The 2018 is a dramatic example of this. The architecture, complexity, and verve amaze. Few Beaujolais' are able to offer such profundity.

The 2018 has all of the hallmarks of Tardive - meatiness, dark fruits (black cherries, mulberries, plums), olives, licorice, smoke, mint, and an array of floral notes.

By now, most of you know the story: Alain Coudert set out to make the anti-nouveau, a bottle to showcase just how complex, structured, and ageworthy Beaujolais can be. He definitely proved his point - Tardives with 10 or 15 years of age can be shockingly good.

Roilette's Tardive is sourced from two parcels of eighty-year-old vines perched directly on the border of Fleurie and Moulin-à-Vent, which produces Beaujolais' deepest, most complex and ageworthy wines. Alain Coudert is eager to point out that the division between Fleurie and Moulin-à-Vent begins at the tree line, but the soils are exactly the same.

Tardive delivers more than its fair share of complexity. With some bottle age, it really starts to shine through. You're advised to pick up a 6-pack of the 2018. Everything points to a profound Tardive that will evolve for the next decade-plus.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone


Wine Buyer

Crush Wine & Spirits

 

2018 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie Cuvée Tardive

Special Bottle Price: $28.95

Special 6-Pack Price: $149.70 ($24.95/btl)